Integration of SCADA and GIS Technologies in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana

by Gregory S. Thompson, Jefferson Parish, Harahan, United States,
Patrick M. Byrne, Jefferson Parish, Harahan, United States,
Stephen L. Hebert, Jefferson Parish, Harahan, United States,
Jeffrey M. Young, Jefferson Parish, Harahan, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Civil Engineering Applications of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems


Due to its physiographic setting in the delta region of the Mississippi River, a majority of the inhabited lands in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana are below local mean sea level and much of the Parish is surrounded by levees. The foremost goal of Parish officials is to protect the well-being of its citizens and to reduce property losses. As a result, an extensive canal and pumping network has been developed to remove rainwater from low lying areas to the adjoining tidal water areas. In an effort to improve drainage network response to severe weather conditions, the Parish is installing a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) System. The SCADA System will also monitor the sanitary sewer and potable water networks of the Parish. When fully implemented the SCADA System will provide real-time, reliable and systematic capture and tabulation of the flows and related characteristics of each infrastructure network. Over the next several years, the Parish will be instituting an integration of the SCADA System with other spatial technologies. GIS technology will be the primary source for inventory information pertaining to the physical structures and conditions of each network. The Parish intends to link selected inventory components with actual performance data to physical models. This will allow the Parish to better control network operations under emergencies such as periods of potential flooding as well as providing for emergency preparedness training and better planning and design for future improvements. Such a linkage requires a multi-discipline effort including expertise in SCADA Systems, surveying, photogrammetry, civil engineering and GIS technology. The Parish is committed to both SCADA and GIS technologies and to the use of them to support the life cycle of planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, monitoring and data reduction. As an outgrowth, the Parish will continue in its effort to develop and routinely apply dynamic physical models of the performance of key infrastructure networks under normal and stressed conditions. This paper describes the conceptual design of this GIS technology application including data capture, engineering schematic design, modeling and data management, reduction and analysis requirements.

Subject Headings: Physical models | Geographic information systems | Information management | Information systems | Inventories | Emergency management | Hydraulic design | Dynamic models | Louisiana | United States | Mississippi River

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